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Cancer of an unknown primary

Hiroki Namikawa, Yasuhiko Takemoto, Ayako Makuuchi, Masanori Kobayashi, Shigeki Kinuhata, Mina Morimura, Takashi Ikebe, Hiromu Tanaka, Taichi Shuto
BACKGROUND: Most cases of disseminated carcinomatosis of the bone marrow (DCBM) arise from gastric cancer. DCBM from pancreatic cancer is very rare. We herein present a case of DCBM from pancreatic cancer. CASE PRESENTATION: A 57-year-old man was referred to our hospital for severe lumbago. Laboratory data indicated that he suffered from disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Non-contrast abdominal computed tomography (CT) revealed multiple bone masses but no other abnormal findings...
October 13, 2016: BMC Cancer
Leng Zhou, Haidan Lan, Qinghua Zhou, Xiao Jun Tang, Daxing Zhu, Jianming Yue, Bin Liu
BACKGROUND: Ulinastatin can prevent the perioperative increase in proinflammatory cytokines for lung resection surgery; however, its impact on early clinical outcomes remains unknown. METHODS: The study enrolled 108 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients who were randomly allocated into two groups: ulinastatin (group U) and control (group C). Patients in group U ( n = 52) were continuously intravenously infused with ulinastatin at a rate of 20 000 U/kg/hour for the first hour after anesthesia induction, and then at a rate of 5000 U/kg/hour until the conclusion of surgery...
September 2016: Thoracic Cancer
Gary K Scott, David Chu, Ravneet Kaur, Julia Malato, Daniel E Rothschild, Katya Frazier, Serenella Eppenberger-Castori, Byron Hann, Ben Ho Park, Christopher C Benz
ERα phosphorylation at hinge site S294 (pS294) was recently shown to be essential for ER-dependent gene transcription and mediated by an unknown cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK). This study was undertaken to identify the exact CDK pathway mediating pS294 formation, and to determine if this phosphorylation event occurs with, and can be targeted to treat, the ligand-independent growth of breast cancers expressing endocrine-refractory ESR1 mutations. Using a newly developed anti-pS294 monoclonal antibody, a combination of CDK specific siRNA knockdown studies and a broad panel of CDK selective inhibitors against ligand (E2)-stimulated MCF7 cells, we first identified CDK2 as the primary mediator of pS294 formation and showed that CDK2-selective inhibitors like Dinaciclib, but not CDK4/6 inhibitors like Palbociclib, can selectively prevent pS294 formation and repress ER-dependent gene expression...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Zongyan Chen, Xiaodong Liu, Shumei Ma
Autophagy is a devouring process during which cytoplasmic proteins, organelles, or other contents are phagocytized and delivered into an autophagosome, which then fuses with a lysosome to become an autolysosome. Autophagy is involved in various human diseases, including cancers, and is triggered and regulated by different signaling pathways under various stimuli such as oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is caused by excessive reactive oxygen species (ROS). It is well known that mitochondria are the primary cellular sources of ROS, which play important roles in the induction of cell death after radiation treatment...
October 2016: Cancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals
Yun Qian, Yiwen Sang, Frederick X C Wang, Bo Hong, Qi Wang, Xinhui Zhou, Tianhao Weng, Zhigang Wu, Min Zheng, Hong Zhang, Hangping Yao
Liver metastasis development in pancreatic cancer patients is common and confers a poor prognosis. Clinical relevance of biomarker analysis in metastatic tissue is necessary. B7-H4 has an inhibitory effect on T cell mediated response and may be involved in tumor development. Although B7-H4 expression has been detected in pancreatic cancer, its expression in liver metastases from pancreatic cancer is still unknown. In this study, overall 43 pancreatic cancer liver metastases (with matched primaries in 15/43 cases) and 57 pancreatic cancer cases without liver metastases or other distant metastases were analyzed for their expression of B7-H4 by immunohistochemistry...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
John D Hainsworth, F Anthony Greco
BACKGROUND: Molecular cancer classifier assays are being used with increasing frequency to predict tissue of origin and direct site-specific therapy for patients with carcinoma of unknown primary site (CUP). OBJECTIVE: We postulated some CUP patients predicted to have non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) by molecular cancer classifier assay may have anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) rearranged tumors, and benefit from treatment with ALK inhibitors. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed CUP patients who had the 92-gene molecular cancer classifier assay (CancerTYPE ID; bioTheranostics, Inc...
March 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Stefan Christen, Doriane Lorendeau, Roberta Schmieder, Dorien Broekaert, Kristine Metzger, Koen Veys, Ilaria Elia, Joerg Martin Buescher, Martin Franz Orth, Shawn Michael Davidson, Thomas Georg Philipp Grünewald, Katrien De Bock, Sarah-Maria Fendt
Cellular proliferation depends on refilling the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle to support biomass production (anaplerosis). The two major anaplerotic pathways in cells are pyruvate conversion to oxaloacetate via pyruvate carboxylase (PC) and glutamine conversion to α-ketoglutarate. Cancers often show an organ-specific reliance on either pathway. However, it remains unknown whether they adapt their mode of anaplerosis when metastasizing to a distant organ. We measured PC-dependent anaplerosis in breast-cancer-derived lung metastases compared to their primary cancers using in vivo (13)C tracer analysis...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Alexander T Falk, Christophe Hébert, Antoine Tran, Marie-Eve Chand, Axel Leysalle, Juliette Thariat, Olivier Dassonville, Gilles Poissonnet, Alexandre Bozec, Esma Saada, Fréderic Peyrade, Karen Benezery
Concomitant radiotherapy and cetuximab association has shown superiority to exclusive radiotherapy for head and neck cancers. Data on this association are scarce for the elderly population despite its rising incidence. A retrospective monocentric data collection was performed in the Antoine Lacassagne Cancer Center in France. Inclusion criteria were: age >70 years at time of diagnosis, histologically proven head and neck epidermoid carcinoma, treated with radiotherapy combined with cetuximab. Thirty-five patients were included between 2008 and 2012...
October 11, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Alina Busch, Larissa Bauer, Eva Wardelmann, Claudia Rudack, Inga Grünewald, Markus Stenner
AIMS: Cancer of the major salivary glands comprises a morphologically diverse group of rare tumours of largely unknown cause. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) has been shown to play a significant prognostic role in various human cancers. The aim was to assess the expression of EMT markers in different histological subtypes of parotid gland cancer (PGC) and analyse their prognostic value. METHODS: We examined 94 PGC samples (13 histological subtypes) for the expression of MIB-1, epithelial cadherin (E-cadherin), β-catenin, vimentin and cytokeratin 8/18 (CK8/18) by means of immunohistochemistry...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pathology
Yan J Bao, Wei Hou, Xiang Y Kong, Liping Yang, Jun Xia, Bao J Hua, Roger Knaggs
BACKGROUND: Cancer pain is an important and distressing symptom that tends to increase in frequency and intensity as the cancer advances. For people with advanced cancer, the prevalence of pain can be as high as 90%. It has been estimated that 30% to 50% of people with cancer categorise their pain as moderate to severe, with between 75% and 90% of people with cancer experiencing pain that they describe as having a major impact on their daily life. Epidemiological studies suggest that approximately 15% of people with cancer pain fail to experience acceptable pain relief with conventional management...
October 11, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Romain Didier, Marco A Magalhaes, Edward Koifman, Florent Leven, Philippe Castellant, Jacques Boschat, Yannic Jobic, Sarkis Kiramijyan, Pierre-Philippe Nicol, Martine Gilard
AIMS: The radiation exposure resulting from cardiovascular procedures may increase the risk of cancer, and/or cause skin injury. Whether the novel cardiovascular automated radiation reduction X-ray system (CARS) can help reduce the patient radiation dose in daily clinical practice remains unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reduction in patient radiation dose with the use of CARS in the cardiac catheterisation laboratory (CCL). METHODS AND RESULTS: This study retrospectively analysed 1,403 consecutives patients who underwent a cardiac catheterisation with coronary angiography (CA) and/or a percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the Brest University Hospital over the course of one year...
October 10, 2016: EuroIntervention
S M Crawford, J Skinner, E Coombes, A P Jones
AIM: A potential impact of the centralisation of cancer services in the UK is difficulty in gaining access for members of the population living far from them. This could lead to delayed presentation of cancer with more advanced disease and clinical deterioration at diagnosis. A patient may be recorded in the cancer registry as having cancer of unknown primary (CUP) if the clinical state at presentation precludes investigation. Other patients may be so recorded if investigation identifies sites of metastatic tumour but the primary is not found...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Igor Hrgovic, Monika Doll, Johannes Kleemann, Xiao-Fan Wang, Nadja Zoeller, Andreas Pinter, Stefan Kippenberger, Roland Kaufmann, Markus Meissner
BACKGROUND: The formation of new lymphatic vessels provides an additional route for tumour cells to metastasize. Therefore, inhibiting lymphangiogenesis represents an interesting target in cancer therapy. First evidence suggests that histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) may mediate part of their antitumor effects by interfering with lymphangiogenesis. However, the underlying mechanisms of HDACi induced anti-lymphangiogenic properties are not fully investigated so far and in part remain unknown...
September 30, 2016: BMC Cancer
Mehra Golshan, Constance T Cirrincione, William M Sikov, Lisa A Carey, Donald A Berry, Beth Overmoyer, Nora L Henry, George Somlo, Elisa Port, Harold J Burstein, Clifford Hudis, Eric Winer, David W Ollila
OBJECTIVE: It had been previously shown that patients who receive neoadjuvant systemic therapy (NST) are more likely to undergo breast-conserving therapy (BCT) than those who have primary surgery. However, the frequency with which patients who are not BCT-eligible prior to NST convert to BCT-eligible with treatment is unknown. To document this conversion rate in a subset of patients expected to have a high clinical response rate to NST, we studied surgical assessment and management of patients enrolled on a randomized neoadjuvant trial for stage II-III HER2-positive breast cancer (HER2 + BC)(CALGB 40601)...
November 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Francis Blokzijl, Joep de Ligt, Myrthe Jager, Valentina Sasselli, Sophie Roerink, Nobuo Sasaki, Meritxell Huch, Sander Boymans, Ewart Kuijk, Pjotr Prins, Isaac J Nijman, Inigo Martincorena, Michal Mokry, Caroline L Wiegerinck, Sabine Middendorp, Toshiro Sato, Gerald Schwank, Edward E S Nieuwenhuis, Monique M A Verstegen, Luc J W van der Laan, Jeroen de Jonge, Jan N M IJzermans, Robert G Vries, Marc van de Wetering, Michael R Stratton, Hans Clevers, Edwin Cuppen, Ruben van Boxtel
The gradual accumulation of genetic mutations in human adult stem cells (ASCs) during life is associated with various age-related diseases, including cancer. Extreme variation in cancer risk across tissues was recently proposed to depend on the lifetime number of ASC divisions, owing to unavoidable random mutations that arise during DNA replication. However, the rates and patterns of mutations in normal ASCs remain unknown. Here we determine genome-wide mutation patterns in ASCs of the small intestine, colon and liver of human donors with ages ranging from 3 to 87 years by sequencing clonal organoid cultures derived from primary multipotent cells...
October 3, 2016: Nature
Sivraj Muralikrishnan, Christos Hatzis, Andrea Katz, Alessandro Santin, Peter E Schwartz, Maysa M Abu-Khalaf
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian cancer is the most lethal cancer involving the female pelvic reproductive system. Its incidence increases with age and with an aging population, its prevalence should also increase. The goal of our retrospective study is to report our experience in treating women over 65 years of age, with a diagnosis of primary ovarian cancer, using standard intravenous chemotherapy. METHODS: The medical records of 78 patients>65 years of age diagnosed with primary ovarian cancer at the Yale Cancer Center between 1996-2006 were retrospectively reviewed and included in our analysis...
August 2016: Gynecology & Obstetrics: Current Research
Kemal Ekici, Oztun Temelli, Mustafa Dikilitas, Ibrahim Halil Dursun, Nihal Bozdag Kaplan, Ersoy Kekilli
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical status, prognostic factors and treatment modalities affecting survival in patients with brain metastasis. We aimed to evaluate the whole brain radiation therapy (WBRT) outcomes of patients with brain metastasis in our center. METHODS: Clinical data of 315 patients referred to our center between 2004 and 2014 with metastatic brain cancers were collected and analysed for possible relationships between survival time, age, gender, Karnofsky performance status (KPS), recursive partitioning analysis (RPA), primary tumor, number of brain lesions, surgery, radiation therapy scheme, extracranial metastatic status and primary disease control status...
July 2016: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Einar Dale, Jon M Moan, Terje A Osnes, Trond V Bogsrud
FDG PET/CT is perceived as a valuable diagnostic tool in addition to the standard diagnostic workup for patients with isolated neck lymph nodes of squamous cell carcinoma of unknown primary (SCCUP). For patients with SCCUP intended for primary radiotherapy, we hypothesize that the previously reported FDG PET/CT detection rates are too high. From 2008 to 2015, 30 SCCUP patients were examined with FDG PET/CT. The objective of the FDG PET/CT examination was twofold: (1) improve the radiotherapy target definition, and (2) identify the primary cancer...
September 26, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Meredith C Mason, Jose M Garcia, Shubhada Sansgiry, Annette Walder, David H Berger, Daniel A Anaya
BACKGROUND: Cancer cachexia is an important measure of physiologic reserve associated with worse survival and represents an actionable factor for the cancer population. However, the incidence of cachexia in surgical cancer patients and its impact on postoperative outcomes are currently unknown. METHODS: A prospective cohort study enrolling patients having elective cancer surgery (2012-2014) at a Veterans Affairs tertiary referral center. Preoperative cancer cachexia (weight loss ≥5% over 6-mo period before surgery) was the predictor of interest...
October 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
T Taki, Y Hoya, A Watanabe, T Nakayoshi, T Okamoto, H Sekine, N Mitsumori, K Yanaga
Introduction Radiotherapy is not commonly used for the treatment of gastric cancer in Japan, where surgery is the standard local treatment. We report the results of chemoradiotherapy in patients with advanced or recurrent gastric cancer which was deemed difficult to treat surgically. Methods Twenty-one patients with gastric cancer (including sixteen with advanced/recurrent gastric cancer and five with poor general condition) underwent chemo-radiotherapy, for whom the therapeutic efficacy, toxicity and survival period were analysed...
September 23, 2016: Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
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